Anonymous

Hacktivist group Anonymous has targeted over a dozen white supremacist websites, including whitehonor.com, texaskkk.com and americannaziparty.com in an effort they called #OpDomesticTerrorism.

The hacker taking credit promised more attacks in the near future.

Anonymous has been an opponent of the so-called “alt-right” white nationalist movement and people it sees as supporters or enablers of white supremacists for a long time, and worked to advance impeachment of President Trump in August.

“Our message is simple, if we catch your organisation taking part in acts of domestic terrorism in the name of white supremacy, we’re coming for you,” the hacker told International Business Times UK.

When #OpDomesticTerrorism started by targeting the Charlottesville city website in August, they promised that this effort would succeed because ordinary people would support it. They also made it clear that their threat was not aimed at Charlottesville specifically, but white supremacists.

“This message is aimed at those who believe themselves the master race,” Anonymous said in the announcement of their attacks back in August, “We are coming for all of you.”

The group, which takes its image and general motivations from the 2005 movie V for Vendetta, has historically used aggressive digital tactics to target people they see as enemies of the public good, from rapists to politicians, and exact a sort of vigilante justice by disabling websites and releasing hacked personal information.

Their highly decentralized nature has led to ‘operations’ that were not always successful or were not quite in line with the motivating philosophies of the group carried out in their name, but is an asset in their current efforts.

โ€œWeโ€™ve had plenty of anons contribute to the operation worldwide knowing this is a U.S.-based operation,โ€ said one of the Anonymous hackers. โ€œThe fight against fascism is global, so we may consider expanding our operation to work with Anonymous groups in their own countries.โ€

Anonymous’ operation targeting white supremacist and nationalist groups is currently still ongoing.

 

Katelyn Kivel is a journalist and political scientist in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.

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